Sincerely, The Counselors
Season 2, Episode 10
Pizza parties = out. Staff lounge = in.
On this episode, host Allison is joined by Jessa Greuter, Shauna Joseph, and Baylee Van Doran, Allison's former CIT! They are sharing their experiences as summer camp staff in the present day. Jessa, Shauna and Baylee talk what they actually want while working all summer: staff lounges, good snacks, p̶i̶z̶z̶a̶ ̶p̶a̶r̶t̶i̶e̶s̶, and real time feedback!
Get ready to hear the perspective of several staff who believe real time feedback is better than a sit down and maybe "room and board" isn't the marketing perk you think it is.
If you're looking for a fresh and honest perspective on being a counselor this day and age, this is the pod for you.
Producer EmJ’s takeaways:
It's me, hi, my age ground is the problem (with phones), it's me.
Room and board isn't a benefit, it's part of the job.
Clear is kind when it comes to being upfront with staff and what they should expect over the summer. Don't lure summer staff in with promises and standards you can't keep.
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Jessa Greuter is currently a Masters student in Education. She has graduated with her Bachelors in Education. Jessa has been a camper since she was 5 and a staff since she was 14. Jessa has a passion for travel and working with kiddos. She hopes to one day work in a school during the school year and camp direct during the summer.
Shauna is from Cape Cod, Massachusetts with 6 years of seasonal camp work experience. This past summer she worked as the head of the Arts program at 4H Camp Farley in Mashpee, MA, and when she’s not working summer camp, she works as an outdoor activity specialist at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in North Carolina during the school year. Her seasonal camp journey has brought her to work all over the country including California, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. She is actively pursuing a career in camp and enjoys conversations about anything camp related.
Baylee is an overnight camp counselor, and has been with the YMCA for 4 years. She is a Computer Science major, and has hopes to use her degree to help all sorts of fields with various levels of improvement. Growing up through various summer camps, she found her home at YMCA Camp Immokalee in 2019, and adores the atmosphere, culture, and most of all- the people. Baylee loves to travel, especially spending time in the outdoors, and hopes to one day do a “world tour”, visiting a multitude of places in one trip.
This episode is hosted by Allison Krabill.
The Summer Camp Society Podcast is edited and produced by EmJ Juszczyk.